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Nedko Solakov

Kunsthaus Zurich

At first blush, Nedko Solakov seemed to be letting down his guard. What was he thinking, exhibiting “Leftovers: A Selection of My Unsold Pieces from the Private Galleries I Work With”—the very things no one wants from him? Numerous drawings, objects, folders, paintings, videos, and DVDs were displayed on the kind of cheap wooden shelves one might find in a gallery storeroom, more set aside than exhibited. Further, the small room devoted to the “Leftovers” was right in the middle of the permanent display of the museum’s comprehensive collection of works by Alberto Giacometti—a highlight of the Kunsthaus. With scattered doodles and comments on the walls, Solakov had even intervened directly in the Giacometti rooms.

Was Solakov’s hope that, after being dignified by being seen in a non-commercial context alongside masterworks from across the centuries, his surplus might yet be sold? Today’s

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